Hard to believe July 1 — HAPPY CANADA DAY, EVERYONE! — is just around the corner. And it’s only the beginning of what July is bringing our way.
PARTY LIKE NO ONE’S WATCHING!
The Canada Day weekend actually kicks off on June 30 at Centennial Sports Park in Virgil where music, food and fun await you from 4:30 to 10 p.m. This year’s event includes a bed race, a Canada 150 costume contest and family-friendly entertainment — and it’s all free!
July 1 is a great fun-filled day to spend in Niagara-on-the-Lake, beginning with an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast and lunch in Simcoe Park and the weekly Saturday morning Farmers’ Market at Garrison Village from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 1 & 2, saunter through the artists’ tents at the Artistry by the Lake event near the gazebo on the shores of Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Niagara River. At noon, you don’t want to miss the Canada Day Cake Parade as it makes its way down Queen Street to Simcoe Park where the cake will be served. Musical performances will take place at various venues throughout the day and admission to Fort George is free all year in 2017 where there’s always plenty to see and do there throughout the day, ending with a grand display of fireworks.
The party continues on July 2 & 3 with the Artistry the the Lake event and a 150 Birthday Bash free concert hosted by Bravo Niagara! in Queen’s Royal Park. For something truly special on July 3, head over to the Riverbeach Road dock area at 11 a.m. for the Tall Ships Regatta, followed by the Confederation Celebration Show in nearby Simcoe Park at 1 p.m. that day.
26TH ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR
Who doesn’t love viewing beautiful gardens? Where do the gardeners get their inspiration and what’s trending? Wouldn’t you like to know? The Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society is celebrating its 26th Garden Tour on July 8 and provides an opportunity to tour several private gardens throughout Historic Old Town from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $12 each and are available at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce on Queen Street at the town clock or online at notlhortsociety.com/gardentour.html.
Speaking of gardens, while we’re not part of the tour, guests are always welcome to relax anywhere in our garden at Globetrotters B&B/Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Come for the freshly baked cherry pies and stay for the fun at this family friendly event. New this year is a destinations and events silent auction including concerts, dinners and vacation homes. BBQ breakfast and lunch will be served, and designer and nearly new clothing, treasures, jewellery, music, bake table, children activities and bouncy castle are all part of the festivities.
MUSIC NIAGARA RETURNS FOR ITS 19TH SEASON!
It all starts on July 15 — 36 concerts, more than 100 performers, seven local venues — so get ready for a cornucopia of musical talent. Classical music is the cornerstone of the stone. Favorites are the Saint John String Quartet, Gryphon Trio, Swiss Piano Trio and André LaPlante. The Rossin Cocktail promises to liven up the August 15 concert. The full program can be found here.
There are two initiatives planned for this year:
- Immediately following the FREE Sunday in the Park concerts, Music Niagara is presenting two family-friendly concerts: Get Ready to Tuba (July 23) and Laugh with Christopher Hall (July 30). The series is sponsored by Ontario Power Generation. There’s fun for the whole family.
- The Market at the Village tent (beside the Garrison House restaurant), is a perfect venue for three Feel Good Friday Folk Concerts — July 21, 28 and August 4. The new tent gives lots of room for a real folk celebration. The Exchange Brewery and Stratus Wines will be serving. And there will be at least two food trucks. So come hungry and thirsty and ready to sing and dance along.
ROCK AT THE WINERY
Join the party at Trius and rock to the music of The Beatles on July 15 when for the first time in popular music, the greatest albums from the 1960s and 70 are recreated live on stage. Tickets start at $40. Add great food and wine, and well, we think Trius has a winning combination!
Posted by Donna Vieira, owner of Globetrotters B&B/Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.